Education & Training

I have worked with children and young people for over twenty years, including in schools, nurseries and Special Educational Needs settings. I completed a degree in Childhood Studies, and a postgraduate masters in Child and Family Psychology at the University of Chester. My research highlighted the desperate situation that children in our area are facing. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), schools and local authorities are struggling with shortages and overstretched budgets, with many children sadly reaching crisis point whilst on a waiting list.

This motivated me to establish Kids Dot Calm, using my qualifications and experience to support children and families to restore healthy emotional wellbeing and make a positive difference. My office is based in Hoylake, and I also work in schools across the Wirral and Cheshire. I offer one to one or small group sessions for children, as well as parent advice and support sessions. Using my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training and other fun and child-friendly approaches, I adapt each child and family’s treatment plan according to their culture and goals with the understanding that each family is unique.

I can help with issues such as stress and anxiety, self-esteem, emotion management, self-harm and many more. I have vast experience and training in Autism Spectrum conditions and offer support to children, siblings and parents affected by a diagnosis.

My aim is to ensure that all children and families feel valued and empowered, and to support them to gain the skills and perspective to overcome their difficulties. I believe that given the skills, strategies and opportunities, children can demonstrate surprising resilience and strength to overcome challenges, often before they become unmanageable.

Please see the website for further information, and call or email for an informal chat about how I can help your family, or to book sessions.


Waterside Training is a successful and specialist provider of apprenticeships and technical training in Engineering and Manufacturing. Waterside recruits, manages and trains apprentices on behalf of leading multi-national companies in the North West.

We are based at the STEM Technology Campus in the centre of St Helens focussing on excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Technical skills for industry, working with a diverse range of companies like AB World Foods, NSG Pilkington, Essity, Diageo, Stateside Foods and Tremco Illbruck to name a few…

Our Apprenticeship programmes focus on developing and inspiring apprentices to reach their best potential via academic qualifications, foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques with site based training to the Apprenticeship Level 3 Standards helping develop the next generation of engineers and process technicians.

An apprenticeship is a great alternative to university in starting a career specialising in either Engineering or Manufacturing offering exciting opportunities providing real life practical experience working alongside industry professionals.  With all the benefits an apprenticeship offers; a salary, qualifications up to HNC Level 4, training and personal development, whilst working with a leading employer within the North West, it’s an ideal way to get your career started!

Applications now available, visit for more information.

Thomas Telford Sixth Form offers an exciting opportunity for students to continue their studies post 16, combining structured learning with increased independence. There is a culture of success where students are highly motivated to succeed. The caring environment provides small class sizes, daily tutor meetings, regular reporting and careers advice. Staff are experts in, and passionate about, their subject areas and this fosters a fantastic student staff relationship.

Thomas Telford School is rated outstanding by Ofsted and it continues to enjoy exceptional results with students gaining places at their first choice university, stage school, high quality apprenticeship or employment.

There is something for everyone at Thomas Telford School. Alongside the traditional academic subjects, Thomas Telford School offers a range of vocational subjects including triple awards in Business, Performing Arts and Sport.

The Business Academy provides a comprehensive experience for students wishing to study Business and Finance. The course is work related and enhances students’ employability skills. Students who study in the Business Academy will also study the AAT qualification.

The Performing Arts Academy aims to be as practical as possible with students visiting West End Shows and participating in workshops by West End performers both in and outside of School. Many students have been successful in securing places in top stage schools and have gone on to work in film and in the West End.

The Sports Academy is an ideal route for students who want to go onto university, apprenticeship or employment in areas related to sports. Thomas Telford School has exceptional facilities including a 3G astro, a state of the art fitness and conditioning centre and a swimming pool. Sports Academy students gain other external qualifications alongside the BTEC and have the opportunity to play high level sporting fixtures.

Thomas Telford ensures that students are not only equipped with an excellent academic profile but are also well rounded resilient and confident young people who have a wide range of experiences.

Further information is available at

An Introduction To The Importance of Education

So, what exactly is education? Well, simply put it is the process of learning and knowing. This process of course is not restricted to school textbooks only. Education starts from birth. It is the parents which inculcate good manners and make responsible human beings out of their children. Home is essentially then their first school.

However, typically, when we talk about education we are referring to the formal education that starts from the first school our child attends, where they learn how to behave and understand what is happening around them.

Education is important for everyone in the world. It makes one able to understand what is happening around us logically and clearly. An educated person has the ability to take viable decisions and make right moves at the right time. Human existence without education is just like fecund land. Education not only enables individuals to put their potential to best use and do something productive in the upcoming future, but also plays a main role in shaping an individual to be a better, responsible citizen and an active member of the society.


For this reason, it is hugely important that you pick the right school to educate your children, your most precious possession. Because only if the school is of a good standard will your child be able to make the very best of their future. So, because education begins at an early age; attaining good promises a good future because it is education that provides good character to the person as they age. Additionally, good education enables one to make best use of one’s skills and talent and helps in fetching the most competitive jobs. Importance of education can be realised in the height achieved by great and famous personalities in different fields of education.

But, just how do you pick the right school? Well, of course you need to do your research, the internet and family/friends is probably the best place to start, but the most important thing to do is visit the school you are considering. In our opinion, the very best option available to you is to attend an open day. A School Open Day brings to life those glossy brochures that you have been poring over at home for many weeks. It really is a valuable opportunity to see the schools for yourselves; meet the teaching staff, existing pupils and maybe parents who already have children there.

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